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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers entered the building through a back exit connected to the heavily guarded premier's office after the protesters torn down barricades late Tuesday and entered the so-called "Red Zone" housing parliament and other key government buildings.

TOKYO (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United States as a land of inequality and brutal police tactics. The violence in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson comes amid tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine, as well as friction between Washington and Beijing over what China sees as a campaign to thwart its rise as a global power.

TOKYO (AP) — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air. What's also a surprise is the vessel's intended home port: Shanghai.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals. Abdul Basit spoke to reporters in New Delhi two days after India called off diplomatic talks with Pakistan because he had met with separatist leaders from the disputed region.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman whose beaten body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter who has been arrested in her killing, according to police reports. A Chicago-based lawyer for the 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, meanwhile, says he is concerned for her well-being after she told him she has been sexually assaulted in custody. Indonesian police deny any mistreatment.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw." North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's attorney general has barred a New York Times correspondent from leaving the country because of a story in which he reported that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won the recent presidential election, a spokesman said Tuesday. Basir Azizi, a spokesman for the attorney general, said Matthew Rosenberg's Aug. 18 story was "against the law and national interests of Afghanistan." Azizi said Rosenberg was asked to come to the attorney general's office on Wednesday with his lawyer.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar's death was reported on his website as well as by major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.

BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened. The Hong Kong film star wrote on his microblog that Jaycee Chan would have to face the consequences of his actions, but that they would do so together.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says a German man has been sentenced to death in China after being convicted on two counts of premeditated killing. German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the sentence against the unnamed man was delivered Tuesday by a court in Xiamen.

BEIJING (AP) — A public bus in eastern China caught fire Wednesday in what was likely arson, killing one person and injuring 19 others, a local state-run newspaper reported. The blaze is at least the fifth bus fire this year in China. Several public attacks in recent years, including bus arson and hackings, have been blamed on people who are mentally unstable or who are seeking revenge against society.

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported. Twelve other miners were rescued from the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after Tuesday's blast, one of whom suffered burns, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Wednesday announced it will ban the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts said is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations. New Zealand's Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the move will reinforce the country's reputation for sustainability and environmental protection.

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